Book Reviews

Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food by Alicia C. Simpson

Vegan Sweet potato pie

Reviewed by Rachael Braun. The latest book by Alicia C. Simpson, Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food: 150 Down-Home Recipes Packed with Flavor, Not Calories*, is focused on delicious food that is also low in calories. These 150 recipes are all 350 calories or less and are comfort foods that taste amazing! more→

Vegan For The Holidays by Zel Allen

Pear and Walnut Compot with Choco-wafers

Contributed by Allyson Kramer of Manifest Vegan. Vegan for the Holidays: Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day by Zel Allen is a welcome addition to the array of books available these days on eating your way through holidays on a plant based diet. Published by Book Publishing Company, this title boasts a ton of recipes that are elevated beyond standard daily fare. more→

Vegan Food Gifts by Joni Marie Newman

Vegan Food Gifts celine steen dianne wenz joni marie newmanReview contributed by Dianne Wenz of VeggieGirl. I really dislike malls and impersonal gifts, so during the holidays I often make presents for those on my Christmas list. I give cookies and cupcakes to certain people like the girl who cuts my hair and the complex superintendent. I’ve always wanted to amp my gift giving craftiness up a little though, with fancy wraps and homemade jams. This just might be the year that I do just that, as I’m now armed with Joni Marie Newman’s Vegan Food Gifts: More than 100 Inspired Recipes for Homemade Baked Goods, Preserves, and Other Edible Gifts Everyone Will Love.* more→

Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner – a Review

Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko SchinnerReview and photos by Dianne Wenz of Veggie Girl. One of the first cookbooks I bought after going vegan in 2001 was Miyoko Schinner’s The New Now and Zen Epicure.* I didn’t know much about cooking back then and The New Now and Zen Epicure really helped to get me get started on the culinary path I’m now on. When I heard about Artisan Vegan CheeseI could hardly contain my excitement! A new cookbook from Miyoko and it’s how to make cheese? How awesome is that? more→

Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson: Review

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin RobertsonReview and photos contributed by Dianne Wenz of VeggieGirl. I’m a big fan of my slow cooker and an even bigger fan of Robin Robertson, so earlier in the year when I heard that she was working on a new vegan slow cooker cookbook, I began to eagerly await the date of it’s release. Fortunately, the wait is now over, and I am now lucky enough to have a copy of Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker in my possession! 

Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood by Wayne Coates, PhD

Chia: the complete guide to the ultimate superfood wayne coatesOne of the world’s most recognized authorities on chia, Wayne Coates, PhD (himself a distance runner), has put together a compact yet greatly informative book, Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood.* Packed with everything you want to know about chia, this book also offers 75 recipes to help you incorporate chia seeds into your daily repertoire.  more→

Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Cornbleet

Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer CornbleetI’ve had the original edition of Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People by Jennifer Corbleet for some time now. In the summer, I like to try for at least 60% raw food, simply because eating raw makes so much sense when fresh fruits and veggies are at their most abundant. But much as I love my Vitamix for making fresh smoothies and all manner of soups and sauces, I could never seem to get with the program of dehydrating and sprouting that’s prevalent in the raw food world. It sometimes seems like you need to start something on Monday in order to have it for dinner on Wednesday. more→

Ice Pop Joy by Anni Daulter

ice pop joy by anni daulterHomemade ice pops are one of the latest food crazes, and a good one at that, as you can sneak all manner of healthy foods into something that looks completely like a treat! Ice Pop Joy* by Anni Daulter (author of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers*) is a fun guide to these colorful icy pleasures. more→


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